|Name of the Society||Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Society|
|Registered Office||Assam Forest School, Jalukbari, Guwahati - 781014|
|Telephone No.||Landline No. +91-361-2700292|
|Email ID||pd [dot] pmu [dot] apfbc [at] nic [dot] in|
|Legal Status||Registered as “Society” under Societies Registration Act 1860|
|Registration Details||No. KAM(M)/263/169 of 2012-13 Date: 28th June 2012|
|Area of Jurisdiction / Operation||Entire State of Assam|
Structure of Society
The functions and powers of the Society are elaborated in the Memorandum of the Association (MoA).
The Society has been constituted with four tier structure:
- Governing Body, (GB) is chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Assam (GOA). The GB is the highest policy and decision making body for the execution of the project goals and objectives. The GB is fully empowered to review project implementation, issue directions and make intra-component changes based on feedback for effective and efficient functioning of the Project.
- Executive Committee, (EC) is headed by the Principal Secretary to the GOA, Environment and Forest Department for overseeing implementation of the policies and programs approved by the GB and for achieving inter-departmental co-ordination to ensure non-duplication of management interventions.
- Project Management Unit, (PMU) comprises of a team of Forest Officers headed by Project Director in the rank of Addl. PCCF. Under authority of the PCCF and HoFF Assam, the Project Director (PD) exercises day to day executive control by establishing direct contact with concerned forest department staff. PD also coordinates with line departments, other partners including NGOs, public and private institutions under authority of GB/EC.
- Field Implementation Units, (FIUs) are headed by the DFOs of the concerned territorial / wild life or social forestry divisions hosting project activities with assistance of the Range Forest Officers and other subordinate staff of the Forest Department.
APFBC Society envisages successful integration of sustainable forest management interventions with special emphasis on income generation and livelihood security of forest dependent communities. The overall goals of the Society of the Forest Department of GOA for its Assam Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project are to restore forest ecosystems, in collaboration with the forest dependent communities, to enhance their livelihoods and ensure conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This will be done by:
- Managing and operating the multi dimensional, inter-department linked forest and biodiversity conservation process through the Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation;
- To meet the intent of the organizational mission, vision and objective statements to focus on restoration and rehabilitation of forest ecosystem in target areas and strengthening of human, technical and infrastructural capacities of the Forest Department for management and assured availability of forest goods and services to the people of Assam and ensuring livelihood and income security of the forest dependent communities in such areas;
- Managing quantity, quality control and assurance as well as operational and technical processes that ensure the implementation framework and guidelines of the agencies financing GoA;
- Work programs are adhering to and meet the stated objectives of sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in participatory mode; and
- Developing and integrating traditional and new and innovative community based livelihood program focused on poverty and gender to generate income, employment and employability amongst marginalized forest dependent communities in target areas using participatory approaches for management and resource utilization and non forest livelihood alternatives.
The project envisages implementing activities ranging from capacity building of forest department personnel, rehabilitation of Forest Department’s infrastructure and equipment to income generation and livelihood security of forest dependent communities. The Society came in existence on 28 June 2012 with two main agenda:
- Concentrate the necessary human and financial resources besides providing working environment for successful implementation of the project, especially work programs to meet the stated objectives of the project in participatory mode;
- Undertake implementation of activities related to various project components including procurement of goods, works, services and community mobilization for livelihood enhancement and ensure quantity, quality control and quality assurance as well as adherence to technical and operational processes that ensure the implementation framework and guidelines of the agencies financing GOA.